Today’s Thinking

Euan McColm
Will it be possible to avoid nastiness in social media campaigning?

Will it be possible to avoid nastiness in social media campaigning?

THERE’S every likelihood that, if you’re reading this, you arrived here via social media.

And, if that’s the case, and you take an interest in Scottish politics, you’ll know how brutal those public forums ...

Bill Jamieson
Recovery? So why's the big story deep gloom at Greggs?

Recovery? So why's the big story deep gloom at Greggs?

ANOTHER WEEK, another splurge of highly encouraging news on our economy. In recent days we have had sharply better figures on manufacturing output, robust car sales, buoyant retail sales, an upbeat consumer confidence survey ...

Alex Massie
US newspapers put the woes of Scotsman and Herald in context

US newspapers put the woes of Scotsman and Herald in context

I DOUBT you have ever had cause to think of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette far less read it. Nevertheless, the history of this Massachusetts paper has, as we shall see, a surprising relevance. It was ...

David Torrance
Is Alex Salmond - the best Unionist Nationalist?

Is Alex Salmond - the best Unionist Nationalist?

WHAT THE MEDIA calls the ‘silly season’ is well known for its distorting effect on the political classes. Deprived of their usual packed itinerary and Parliamentary agenda, politicians resort to making speeches; finely-crafted orations designed ...

Mr Eugenides
The Guardian, Butane Gas or Nitrous Oxide – choose your own poison

The Guardian, Butane Gas or Nitrous Oxide – choose your own poison

THERE WAS a jolly little story in the papers recently that alerted us to some strange goings-on in the lovely German university town of Gottingen. In recent days, cannabis plants have started springing up on lawns, ...

Brian Monteith
Is Labour for Indy nothing more than a banner?

Is Labour for Indy nothing more than a banner?

NOW AND AGAIN a story surfaces that seems so incredible that you have to read it twice to believe anyone would be so stupid. Even more banal and incomprehensible is when people step forward to ...

Bill Jamieson
I’m standing here in the mists of Auld Reekie…

I’m standing here in the mists of Auld Reekie…

FROM THE BBC Radio 4 Today programme a year from now:

John Humphrys: Good morning. It’s ten past seven on the first of August and the clock is ticking down towards the Scottish independence referendum. ...

Euan McColm
Labour for independence? Really?

Labour for independence? Really?

ONE of the more interesting – and surprising developments – in the referendum campaign has been the emergence of a group called Labour for Independence.

This organisation claims to be “campaigning within the Labour ...

Alex Massie
Kerevan on Independence: Is the problem the salesman or the product?

Kerevan on Independence: Is the problem the salesman or the product?

IT IS LATE July and the political classes are on holiday. Thank heavens for that, you may say, as you contemplate the possibility of an August free from politics. I fancy your hopes – entirely justifiable ...

David Torrance
A royal referendum? Not on Alex Salmond's agenda

A royal referendum? Not on Alex Salmond's agenda

DESPITE Alex Salmond’s best efforts, the monarchy has never quite gone away as a bone of contention during the long march towards Scottish independence. Once or twice over the last couple of weeks the First Minister ...

Brian Monteith
Why David Cameron needs his iPad on holiday

Why David Cameron needs his iPad on holiday

WITH David Cameron taking his holidays in Portugal he will no doubt spend some time quietly mulling over his next reshuffle - for even on vacation ‘work’ rarely ever leaves a politician. To be able ...

Euan McColm
Have the police got it wrong over Edinburgh's sex for sale?

Have the police got it wrong over Edinburgh's sex for sale?

I SUPPOSE it still comes down to what we’re willing, as a society, to tolerate.

For years, police  – supported by councillors – in Scotland’s two largest cities have had different views on how ...